Who says Africans don’t do art? #ChaleWote2015 shows off African creativity in Accra

Since 2011, Ghana’s Chale Wote Festival has been an annual celebration of Ghanian art and creative culture in Accra that is one of a kind. It is a major attraction for creatives of all types from around Africa and the world. Check out some pictures below.

This festival showcased the breadth and depth of Ghanaian art, ranging from precolonial to postmodern themes and motifs. Media included sculpture, paintings, street art, performance art and musical performances. 

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Besides the art, the Accra street style was on FLEEK and art and fashion were often one in the same. 

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Mask game was hella strong at Chale Wote 2015. 

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One particular performance art installation caught many eyes, and we can see why.

From @chalewoteofficial: “Natascia Silverio x Dean Hutton x crazinisT artistT’s processions and installation questioned perceptions of identity, gender and human ability.”

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If anyone still thinks that art is somehow unAfrican, or that Africans only do art for functional or religious purposes, think again.  Chale Wote is just another example of Africans doing art on our terms in ways that no one else is doing. 

Check out the #chalewote2015 tag on IG to see more fashion and art from this year’s festival.

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